Following a successful final trial at Barbury Castle in the Open Novice section on Friday (29 June) the Charles Owen British Pony Squad has been announced for the 2012 FEI Pony Europeans in Fontainebleau (FRA) on 17-22 July.
Chairman of the Selectors of the Pony Team, Sarah Hancox comments on what is for the first time in several years, an all-girl team: “We were delighted with the way the girls rode at Barbury with all of the ponies looking on great form. The riders gelled well with each other, plus their families were all very supportive of them as a group which is so important for riders of this age.
“I feel we are definitely at an advantage this year having two ‘old hands’ with us; Maddie and Janou* have been very supportive and welcoming to the new faces on the squad.
“So, we head to Fontainebleau with a strong team of ponies and riders all of whom have had very good form this season and who all have definitely earned their place on the squad. We can safely say that they are all extremely excited to be heading to France!
“We very much look forward to going to Fontainebleau; it is a great purpose-built Championship location with excellent facilities.”
The squad comprises six combinations where four will represent Britain as a team and the remaining two riders will represent Britain as Individuals; the team of four will be named following the initial veterinary inspection at Fontainebleau.
British Eventing would like to thank Charles Owen for their continued support and generosity in their sponsorship of the British Eventing Pony Squad, Pony Trials and Pony Championships.
The 2012 British Pony Squad (in alphabetical order) are:
Charlotte Bacon, 15, from Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxon
Three Wells Breeze
Janou Bleekman, 16, from Cullompton, Devon
Yasmine Ingham, 15, from Greeba, Isle of Man
Craig Mor Tom
Annie Keir, 14, from Maidwell, Northants
Louisa Nesbitt, 16, from Ludlow, Shrops
Madeleine Taylor, 15, from Maldon, Essex
The non-traveling reserves (in order) are:
Laura Birley riding her own Ottava Rima
Tilly Williams riding Mrs Katie Williams’ Wye Valley Fabristeard
Diana Bevan riding her own A Touch of Spice
Janou Bleekman riding Team Bleekman’s Toberpatrick Larry